Salvelinus fontinalis (Mitchill, 1814)

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Report Salvelinus fontinalis to the National Museum of Natural History.

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

Distribution map of Salvelinus fontinalis Mitchill, 1814 in Luxembourg. Data source: Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020-01-27.

Salvelinus fontinalis (Mitchill, 1814) was first mentioned in 1872 by Alphonse de la Fontaine, who wrote that the brook trout occasionally enters the Moselle from time to time (De la Fontaine, A., 1872).

The species was introduced in Luxembourg in 1902 in Limbach (Lintgen), Rollingerbach and Berschbach (Feltgen 1902).

In 2005, a systematic inventory of Luxembourg rivers only showed isolated individuals in the Alzette. There is no indication of reproduction of the species in Luxembourg.

The distribution map is not complete because records still have to be entered into the Recorder-Lux database (MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF 2019).

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: C1 (1+1+1+1) (Ries et al. 2014: 199).


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